Ashley Fure (1982-), Soma (2012)
Curious Chamber Players, live, Germany (Darmstadt), 2012
Why shouldn’t our music be as mysterious as our life?
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano (1978); Natalia Gutman (cello), Vassily Lobanov (piano)
How sad that some miss out, put off by an unfortunate label – “classical.”
sounds of Chicago
Still fresh after seventy years.
John Cage (1912-1992), Credo in Us (1942)
Third Coast Percussion, live, Chicago, 2011
Pierre Boulez, composer, conductor, March 16, 1925-January 5, 2016
Dérive 2 (P. Boulez), Ensemble Intercontemporain (Pierre Boulez, cond.), live
Pierre Boulez, who has died aged 90, was arguably the single dominant figure of the classical musical world through the second half of the 20th century and beyond.
—The Guardian obituary, 1/6/16
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations
Andras Schiff (piano), live
WKCR‘s Bach Festival concludes at midnight.
Nobody does letters to the editor like the Brits. Here, for instance, is how one begins in the December 17th issue of the London Review of Books:
I hesitate to disagree with my brother, David Matthews, about the order of the middle movements of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, but we have long held opposing views, mine being that the scherzo should come third (Letters, 3 December). . . .
London SW 11
yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)
To all who’ve dropped by this year (from, I’m told, 120 countries): May you have a happy and peaceful new year.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
Kristóf Baráti (1979-), live, Moscow, 2008
I wouldn’t mind dying if I knew I could listen to this all day.
The Bach Festival at WKCR (Columbia University)—all Bach, all the time—continues through midnight, New Year’s Eve.
Close your eyes . . .
John Luther Adams (1953-), . . . and bells remembered . . . (2005)
Callithumpian Consort, 2011
aware of the sun
setting, the butterfly
—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue
The only thing hard about listening to this is letting go of everything else.
John Luther Adams (1953-), Dream in White on White (1992); Virtuoso String Orchestra (Joaquin Valdepenas, cond.), Sanya Eng (harp), live, Toronto, 2014
Barn’s burnt down—
I can see the moon.
—Mizuta Masahide, 1657-1723 (translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto)